Shakeel is a specialist criminal practitioner who has over 18 years experience dealing with all aspects of criminal work. He was called to the Bar in 1999 since which he has defended in a wide range of cases including murder, kidnap, blackmail, armed robbery and terrorism.
He has acted as junior counsel in a number of complex and high profile murder cases including R –v- Davis, a case that eventually led to Parliament passing the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008.
In addition to serious violent crime, Shakeel has successfully defended in multi-handed drugs cases, high-value frauds and sexual offences.
Shakeel was part of the Lifer Prisoners Scheme Group providing lectures whose aim was to raise awareness of the criminal justice system.
He is a member of the Howard League for Penal Reform and Amnesty International.
R –v- Y & Others - Junior Counsel in a multi-handed fraud trial that concerned the setting up of bogus companies as a front for the sale of high-end stolen computer equipment.
R –v- C & Others - Successful defence in a multi-handed criminal conspiracy alleging money laundering of the proceeds of international drug dealing.
R –v- AA & Others - Successful defence of 17-year old male on trial for concealing a murder weapon. He was charged with 6 other men all of whom were charged with murder.
R –v- A Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
R –v- W & Others - Large conspiracy involving ten defendants concerned in the supply of class A drugs. Evidence consisted of telephone cell site evidence and under-cover surveillance.
R –v- RB & Others - Joint-enterprise gang killing. Acquitted of murder and firearm offences. Found guilty of manslaughter. Evidence largely based on CCTV and cell site.
R –v- RM & Others - Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs by prisoners at HMP Pentonville via a prison officer. Evidence based on intercepted telephone conversations and correspondence.
R – v – RS & Others - Allegations of kidnap, false imprisonment, robbery and grievous bodily harm. Eight-handed trial where two rival gangs were running cut-throat defence.